The Canadian Nurses Association’s May 2009 report on the health human resources (HHR) landscape, Tested Solutions for Eliminating Canada’s Registered Nurse Shortage, provides new projections for how the shortage will grow by almost five times over 15 years. (updated July 2009)
The report shows that if the health needs of Canadians continue to change according to past trends, and if no policy interventions are implemented, Canada will be short almost 60,000 full-time equivalent RNs by 2022.
The HHR shortage in Canada has already produced:
Canada’s policy-makers can start addressing the RN shortage immediately with realistic, achievable strategies. As the report name implies, Tested Solutions for Eliminating Canada’s Registered Nurse Shortage offers up six policy scenarios that address the problem in a practical and feasible manner.
The report summary (free download) presents the main findings and highlights. The full version can be purchased from the CNA bookstore in hard copy or electronic format. CNA members can obtain a free copy through NurseOne.
This framework, developed by O’Brien-Pallas et al. (2005), has been adopted as a guiding framework for use in HHR planning by Canada’s Advisory Committee on Health Delivery and Human Resources (ACHDHR, 2005). The outer oval represents the context of social, political, geographical, technological and economic factors in which HHR planning takes place. Fundamentally, HHR planning starts with the health-care needs of the country, province/territory or region in question.
Tomblin Murphy & O’Brien-Pallas, 2006
Adapted from O’Brien-Pallas, Tomblin Murphy & Birch (2005), O’Brien-Pallas,
Tomblin Murphy, Birch & Baumann (2001) and O’Brien-Pallas & Baumann (1997)
The main components of this model make up the corresponding categories for CNA and related documents in this section:
CNA documents are arranged chronologically from most recent to oldest. Related documents are arranged first alphabetically by author, and secondly by date.